'The Great Game: Afghanistan' returns to DC, free to soldiers

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A 12-part collection of plays depicting the British, Russian and American battles in Afghanistan will go back on stage February in Washington DC for the benefit of soldiers, wounded warriors and government officials upon request by Pentagon officials.

The Washington Post had a story in their Sunday paper saying military leaders who had seen the play, ‘The Great Game: Afghanistan,’ recommended it to others in the Pentagon. Word spread leading to an October meeting with the artistic director of the Tricycle Theater company and an eventual agreement to stage the 7-and-a-half hour play on Feb. 10 and 11 at the the Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Sidney Harman Hall.

The play will be free to all soldiers due to a donation from the Bob Woodruff Foundation, the foundation established by the ABC News correspondent injured while covering the Iraq war.

The British acting troupe performed the collection of 12 playlets in DC in September as part of a 2010 nationwide tour. The Post reports that Brig. Gen. John Nicholson, the commanding general of the Joint Staff’s Pakistan/Afghanistan Coordination Cell, saw the play in September and recommended more soldiers see it.

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